Dating people with health problems
The report has prompted calls for the Government to ring-fence mental health budgets so that money reaches front line services and to set maximum waiting times.Responding to the findings, Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, said: “This report reveals the Tory Government’s abject failure of children and young people in urgent need of mental health treatment.
Children deserve better.” The report comes as child mental health charities and campaigners warned that young people are not receiving adequate mental health provision.
“It is a scandal that as a result of the Tories’ neglect of child and adolescent mental health over a third of services need to improve access, with some children having to wait as long as eighteen months to be treated.
“Labour will continue to call on the Tory Government to invest in and ring-fence mental health budgets as Labour pledged at the General Election, so that money reaches the underfunded services on the front line." Former Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb echoed her concerns, saying: “If the current Government had shown leadership in driving these changes and ensuring that funding was being spent where it was needed, we might have seen more progress.
“Poor quality children’s mental health services cannot be allowed to continue – there is too much at stake.
The Government needs to set maximum waiting times, action needs to be taken to reduce missed appointments and when children do miss appointments they must be safeguarded.” The NSPCC has seen a rise in calls to Childline from children struggling to access mental health services or facing long waiting.
Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children’s Society, said in response to the CQC report: “Despite increased attention and investment, services remain fragmented and are increasingly overstretched, and too many children are suffering as a result.